Tim Cook’s high school is leaving Apple for Google

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Change is in the air for everyone at Baldwin County Public Schools in Alabama. The school district that spent $24 million across three years on its Digital Renaissance plan to give every student a device from Apple is going to be swapping out MacBooks and iPads with a very different technology. Those 20,000 devices that were designed in Cupertino by are no longer in commission as the schools in Baldwin County have switched to Google’s Chrome OS.

Who’s bothered by this? None other than Timothy D. Cook, who attended Robertsdale High School and graduated in 1978 before becoming Apple’s CEO in 2011. That’s right. Apple’s leader is witnessing his own high school leave his company’s products for a rival’s.

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Allo and Duo get new icons ahead of official release

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It seems like when Google announced Allo and Duo, they weren’t quite finished with the project. If you keep up with Google that probably won’t shock you, but it’s still fun to see the small changes that happen right up until a project is “finished.” The latest tweaks for the pair of messaging apps has to do with the icons, and it appears Google has changed the color scheme a bit before both apps are officially released. Read more

Leak points to Nest developing an outdoor version of Nest Cam

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2016 hasn’t been the smoothest of years for Nest, with rumors that the company isn’t bringing in enough revenue to meet Alphabet’s expectations, to complaints by Nest employees about how the company was being run to the recent news that its CEO, Tony Fadell, left the company because it was in “maintenance mode”. Nest’s new CEO, Marwan Fawaz, has apparently sent a letter to employees hinting at the company’s upcoming product line, as well as confirming that the company is not for sale. Read more

Apple may have created Live Photos, but Google just made them way better

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Google yesterday released a new iOS app called Motion Stills, in hope of making live photos on the iPhone even better than Apple did. This new app takes your existing live photos, made with an iOS device, and stabilizes them so that your live photos look like they’ve been created using high-end stabilization equipment. The end result is an extremely fluid, and easily sharable, GIF or short video.

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